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Rod S

Rod Sullivan



2326 E Court St
Iowa City, IA 52245
Home: (319) 354-7199

e-mail:rsullivan@co.johnson.ia.us

Term expires: 12/31/2020



Rod Sullivan of Iowa City was elected to Johnson County Supervisor in 2004 at the age of 38.

Rod grew up on a Heritage farm near Sutliff, and attended K-12 in the Lisbon school system. He attended the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. He has held several positions in the field of human services, including six years with the Department of Human Services and five years as Executive Director of the Arc of Johnson County.

He is married to Dr. Melissa Fath, a Research Scientist at the UI and a volunteer Pharmacist at the Free Medical Clinic. They have three adult children—Rachel, Jordan, and BJ, and have also served as foster parents for more than 40 children.

Rod has been an active volunteer for the emergency homeless shelter, United Way, Community Foundation of Johnson County, Affordable Homes Coalition, Coalition for Racial Justice, UI Center for Disabilities and Development, City High Little Hawks Club, and the Batterer’s Education Program.

He is a member of several community organizations, including St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, Sierra Club, Bur Oak Land Trust, Johnson County Historical Society, Johnson County Ag Association, Center for Worker Justice, ACLU Hawkeye Chapter, AFT Local 716, and NAMI.  He also served four years as Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party.  Rod was recognized as the Heritage Area Agency on Aging Elected Official of the year for 2009.

Rod is proud of a number of accomplishments during his tenure as County Supervisor: Passage of several ordinances, including Human Rights, Sensitive Areas, Storm Water Management, and Minimum Wage; passage of the Conservation Bond; kick-starting the 1105 Project; restoration of Sutliff Bridge; starting the Livable Community for Successful Aging and Local Foods Policy Boards and the County’s first Trails Committee. Rod also points to the Community ID program, rural warning sirens, Free Tax Help program, and investments in sustainability as major accomplishments.

Rod Sullivan is appointed (or assigned) to the following groups for calendar year 2017:

Johnson County Organizations/Committees
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  • City Assessor Conference Board
  • County Assessor Conference Board
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) 
  • Emergency Management Commission
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Board
  • Joint Emergency Communications Services Association (JECSA) Policy Board
  • Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Policy Board
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  • Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region Governing Board
  • Minimum Wage Advisory Committee liaison

In House Committees
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  • Job Evaluation Team (JET)

Liaison to Independent Boards
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  • Commission of Veterans Affairs

Liaison to Small Cities, Counties, & School Districts
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  • City of Lone Tree
  • City of West Branch
  • Muscatine County
  • Lone Tree Community School District

Groups Not Appointed by the Board of Supervisors
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  • Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County
  • Summer of the Arts Board of Directors

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